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Aspects of Poverty in the U.S.

Take some time to visit the National Poverty Center's website ( In two typewritten paragraphs, draw on the website's "Research" section and describe two significant aspects of poverty in the U.S. Next, try to explain what you found by using one or more of the theoretical perspectives. ("big three" perspectives are functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist)

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Poverty in The US: Race & Ethnicity:

The National Poverty Center's research arm on race and ethnicity and its relation to poverty funded and continue to fund studies on this topic to explore the many topics and facets of this dimension of the social reality that is poverty. There are a variety of topics on the subject and the published research shared on the Center's website on this topic alone looks into macro and micro details applying varied sociological theories and methods for the purpose of exploration to find patterns and relative truth about the race and ethnicity as a factor in poverty. Of the many topics, I found myself reading the research of L'Heureux Lewis, "The Invisible Poor: Educational Inequality in an Affluent Setting" and the research of Karen Long Jusko, on "The Political Representation of the Poor". Both research were funded via the NPC Research Grants and both sociological studies were conducted through the University of Michigan. I found the former interesting because it delved into the discrepancies and inequalities in relation to access and opportunities of students, one, from poor backgrounds and on scholarships, the other from affluent backgrounds and funded by their families in their struggle and efforts to finish their studies in top universities. He calls it Educational Inequality, declaring that, "Poor and minority students who attend schools in affluent areas lag far behind their affluent ...